preexistent

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pre·ex·ist

 (prē′ĭg-zĭst′)
v. pre·ex·ist·ed, pre·ex·ist·ing, pre·ex·ists
v.tr.
To exist before (something); precede: Dinosaurs preexisted humans.
v.intr.
To exist beforehand.

pre′ex·is′tence n.
pre′ex·is′tent adj.
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Adj.1.preexistent - existing previously or before something; "variations on pre-existent musical themes"
antecedent - preceding in time or order
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